University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG)

Concerns over K600 graduation fee

They say the UPNG Council should review the decision of charging the graduation fee.

Students and their sponsors say the K600 only adds to their financial burden of paying the exorbitant university fees of tuition, board and lodging.

However, vice chancellor Professor Frank Griffin clarified that the decision was made by the former administration under the leadership of Dr Nicholas Mann after the student unrest in 2016.

State-of-the-art library at UPNG

The new library is housed in UPNG’s new School of Business & Public Policy, which was constructed with support from the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.

The library was ceremonially opened by UPNG Vice-Chancellor Professor Frank Griffin and Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor Benedict David.

David said the new library and School of Business will support UPNG to continue its proud tradition of producing graduates who are technically skilled and capable leaders.

Great experience despite NID delays

This week they completed the second ANU-UPNG summer school, run by the Development Policy Centre and the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Though it was a great experience, they almost did not make it, writes Dek Joe Sum.

The summer school is part of the ANU-UPNG partnership funded by the Australian government through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct. The students take part in a five-week international program: an economics and public policy boot camp.

Twinning Project partnership extended

That partnership has now been extended to 2021.

The UPNG-JCU Twinning Partnership began in 2015 as a three-year project, and was aimed at building teaching capacity and supporting collaborative research in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the broader Asia Pacific Region.

“We’re excited to continue this partnership, with ongoing support from the Australian Government,” JCU project director Dr Jennifer Gabriel said.

Parent concerned over UPNG fee

John Unage, who has two teenagers that will be studying at the university this year, says he cannot afford the compulsory tuition fee announced by UPNG.

The UPNG Waigani’s tuition fee increased by more than 200 percent for 2018, from K2,939 to K7,500.

The Taurama Campus also increased its fees to over K9,000.

“I cannot afford this. This is too expensive,” he said.

“From K2,000 it has jumped up to K7,000. The O’Neill Government must revisit the free education policy. 

Denser than usual Waigani traffic

Cars are currently lined up from the Institute of Public Administration roundabout to the University of Papua New Guinea, towards Gerehu.

Due to the 62nd UPNG graduation, traffic around the main campus area is moving at a snail’s pace.

Loop PNG was on site to witness impatient motorists loudly honk at pedestrians and street sellers that are crowding – and have spilled over – the narrow footpath at the UPNG bus stop.

​NCD polls: UPNG students demand answers

Student voters have demanded the Presiding Officer to bring in the Returning Officer to explain to them why most of their names are not on the Electoral Roll.

Students say there about 5000 to 6000 registered student voters at the University of Papua New Guinea but only 1326 names are on the Electoral Roll.

From the 1326 names, about 200 are names of former students.

East Sepik student leader, Smith Wani, says some of the names on the updated electoral roll are names of students that voted in 2012 but have already left the school.

​UPNG announces Mellam’s resignation

The council clarified that the university played no part in prompting his resignation rather, Mellam resigned at his own accord and the University accepts his decision.

Professor Mellam entered UPNG at the age of 17 as a student. And now, after serving the university for 29 years as an academia and an administrator at management level, Professor Mellam is drawing the curtain to his public service career.

His resignation will be effective as of 4:06pm on Friday, May 26th.

UPNG students urged to get court injunction

This was the advice from Port Moresby General Hospital’s chief of emergency medicine, Dr Sam Yockopua, regarding the new K600 graduation fee.

“UPNG is robbing the students! It's daylight robbery,” Dr Yockopua, who is also involved in the training of medical students at the Taurama campus, told Loop PNG.

“They should not penalise the students for failures by UPNG or the Government.

“The students are completely innocent. This insanity must stop now.”

Graduating students barred from entering campus

One of the students told Loop PNG that he was told he might cause a riot, hence the security measure.

“The decision by the university and their reactions towards students’ concern and affairs is unbecoming of a leader.

“We expected more from them,” he said.

The graduating students have been pursuing the administration to justify the recently imposed K600 graduation fee, which does not include costs of the gown (more than K300) and hood (more than K200).